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Redskins Signing CB Chris Culliver to a 4 Year Deal

The Redskins have made their first free agent signing for the secondary

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins are signing former San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver to a 4 year deal according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport.  Culliver was scheduled to visit and the Redskins have moved quickly to lock him up. Culliver(6', 200 lbs, 26 years old) was drafted by the 49ers in the 3rd round in 2011, and has spent his entire career in San Francisco.  Last season he recorded 45 tackles, 14 passes defended, 4 interceptions, and a forced fumble while starting 14 games.  He missed the 2013 season after tearing his ACL in training camp.

Culliver has some off the field concerns since coming into the league including comments about gay players in the NFL, and hit and run last season that he is still dealing with in court. Culliver allegedly hit a bicyclist with his Mustang and then fled the scene.  He was pursued by several people and he hit one a car before being stopped.  Police also found brass knuckles in his possession which is considered a felony offense.  He was only charged with the felony possession of the brass knuckles and two minor traffic offenses, but the case is still ongoing. He is also facing a civil suit for allegedly threatening a 15 year old witness and his family with the brass knuckles after striking their car.

The Redskins secondary has been a mess for a while due to talent, injury, and lack of draft/free agency resources being spent there.  Last year the team's top CB, DeAngelo Hall, was lost for the season with an Achilles injury in Week 3.  He re-injured his Achilles shortly after when he was making a pizza at home and required a second surgery which puts his ability to return at the start of the season in question.  The Redskins have already reworked his contract to take all the guaranteed money out this year, in case they need to release him if he can't play Week 1.  They have two young CBs in David Amerson and Bashaud Breeland who took on the starting roles last season.  Breeland showed a lot of promise and is penciled in for one starting spot, but Amerson's play regressed and left more question marks about his ability to be a log-term solution at the position.  Free agent signing Tracy Porter spent most of the season on the injury list after being signed to be the team's slot CB, and for now he is still on the team with one year left on his deal.

[UPDATE: 11:55 am 3/13/15] Culliver is at Redskins Park signing his contract